"I can't wait for this year to be over" ~ colleague talking about her daughter's multiple car accidents in the few months of having a driver's licence
"It's so close to the end of the year, we might as well not bother going back to the office this year" ~ another colleague
"This has been a horrible year" ~ colleague talking about isolation and caring for a daughter with breast cancer in the midst of a pandemic
Every conversation I have lately seems to go this way and it bothers me a bit. To start with, we have a full quarter of this year left, things can be done in three months, deciding to maintain the status quo just because the end of the year is within sight seems silly.
I think covid will be with us for a while and if we are talking only about covid safety then working from home for the remainder of the year seems reasonable but to just not even think about change because of an arbitrary line in the sand is a bad idea. If we leave everything til next year then take January to get warmed up (because Australia stops between Christmas day and Australia day) and start organising by February, we've lost almost six months.
The other thing, the one that really concerns me, is that breast cancer, invincible teenage drivers and viruses don't recognise January 1. How many people are waiting for 2021 and hoping that everything will change? I think there are a lot of people holding on by the skin of their teeth, waiting for 2021.
You know how a two hour drive is quite tolerable when you think it's going to be two hours but is absolutely unbearable if you're expecting an hour and delays turn it into two?
I think a lot of people are looking forward to 2021 like the end of a shortish drive but isolation, waves of viral infection, non-functioning fountains, face masks and hand sanitiser will most likely be with us, alongside all the usual and unusual life events, illnesses and difficulties that we experience. It could be like a never ending road trip, in bad weather, with miserable companions.
Will 2021 bring salvation? how will we cope if it doesn't? What great things have you achieved in six months?